California-based Catalina Pacific® has been selected by Heavy Duty Trucking (HDT) as one of the nation’s “Top 25 Green Fleets for 2018”. A CalPortland company, Catalina Pacific commissioned 118 new “Near-Zero Emission” CNG/RNG powered concrete mixer trucks that were placed into operation in the fourth quarter of 2017.
In the HDT November 2018 journal, HDT indicates that they look for long-term dedication to sustainability, but also pay close attention to new initiatives for inclusion in their Top 25 Green Fleet class. HDT also looks for companies that are leaders in their industries promoting fuel efficiencies, alternative fuels while testing new technologies.
“Catalina Pacific’s transition to a fleet of Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) fueled low-NOx engine mixers contributes to the attainment of greenhouse gas and NOx reduction goals set forth by the California Legislature, the California Air Resources Board, and other regional and local agencies,” said Allen Hamblen, President/CEO of CalPortland. “By selecting engines fueled by natural gas over diesel, Catalina Pacific continues to demonstrate our ongoing commitment to the environment, community, and the safety of our employees.”
Catalina Pacific is firmly on the Road to Zero (emissions) by implementing the latest in clean engine technology. Kenworth’s T880S mixers powered by the ISL G Near Zero Cummins Westport 9L Engine reduces GHG by 15 percent and NOx emissions by 90 percent (compared to a 2010 diesel engine). The 8.9 liter ISL G Near Zero is also compatible with Renewable Natural Gas (RNG), which allows for further reductions in GHG emissions and is noticeably quieter than a diesel engine.
The Kenworth T880S with the ISL G Near Zero emissions engine offers excellent payload capacity and maneuverability, due to its optimized set-forward axle layout, as well as reduced emissions from the engine. Compressed Natural Gas/Renewable Natural Gas has many advantages over conventional diesel fuel making it an attractive option for Catalina Pacific’s ready mix truck fleet.
McNeilus® partnered with Kenworth to provide its 10-1/2 yard Bridgemaster® Transit mixer body and the company’s NGEN™ twin vertical compressed natural gas system – which offers customers an enhanced high capacity, low profile back-of-cab configuration – for the T880S mixers.
Catalina Pacific’s “clean fleet” vehicles refuel at company owned and operated CNG/RNG stations (built by Ozinga Energy) utilizing RedeemTM by Clean Energy® which is a renewable natural gas (RNG) fuel made entirely from organic waste. The fuel is derived from biogenic methane that is naturally generated by the decomposition of organic waste at landfills and agricultural waste sources. Catalina Pacific is building privately owned fueling stations at two plant locations.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has also presented the 2018 ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year – Sustained Excellence Award to CalPortland for its continued leadership in protecting our environment through superior energy efficiency achievements. This is the 14th consecutive recognition by U.S. EPA ENERGY STAR for CalPortland, a feat that has never been matched by any other U.S. industrial company. CalPortland continues to identify opportunities to expand the use of alternative clean fuels as well as optimize energy efficiency through its Energy Management program.